South Carolina's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

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South Carolina's 6th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 10, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
James E. Clyburn Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
James E. Clyburn Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid Democratic[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[2]


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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 6th Congressional District of South Carolina held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent James Clyburn, dean of South Carolina's congressional delegation and the first black elected to Congress from South Carolina since Reconstruction, defeated Anthony Culler (R) and retired U.S. Air Force Officer Kevin Umbaugh (L) in the general election. The race for South Carolina's 6th Congressional District seat was rated a "Safe Democrat" contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.[3]
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 30, 2014
June 10, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: South Carolina is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[4][5][6]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by May 10, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 4, 2014.[7]

See also: South Carolina elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was James Clyburn (D), who was first elected in 1992.

South Carolina's 6th Congressional District is located in the central and southern portions of the state and includes Richland, Clarendon, Williamsburg, Berkeley, Dorchester, Orangeburg, Calhoun, Bamberg, Allendale, Hampton, Jasper, Colleton and Charleston counties.[8]

Candidates

General election candidates


June 10, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent Third Party Candidates


Election results

General election

U.S. House, South Carolina District 6 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames Clyburn Incumbent 72.5% 125,747
     Republican Anthony Culler 25.5% 44,311
     Libertarian Kevin Umbaugh 1.8% 3,176
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 198
Total Votes 173,432
Source: South Carolina State Election Commission

Democratic primary

Incumbent James Clyburn defeated Karen Smith in the Democratic primary on June 10, 2014.[9]

U.S. House, South Carolina District 6 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Clyburn Incumbent 85.9% 37,184
Karen Smith 14.1% 6,086
Total Votes 43,270
Source: Results via Associated Press

Republican primary

Anthony Culler defeated Dr. Leon Winn in the Republican primary.[9]

U.S. House, South Carolina District 6 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAnthony Culler 66.5% 10,350
Leon Winn 33.5% 5,225
Total Votes 15,575
Source: Results via Associated Press

Key votes

Below are important votes that Clyburn cast during the 113th Congress.

National security

NDAA

Nay3.png Clyburn voted in opposition of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[13]

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Clyburn voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[13]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Neutral/Abstain Clyburn did not vote on House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[13]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Clyburn voted in support of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[14] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[13]

Economy

2014 Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[15] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[16][17] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[17] Clyburn voted with 88 other Democratic representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[18][19] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[19] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[20] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Clyburn joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[18][19]

2013 Farm Bill

See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Nay3.png Clyburn voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[21] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[22]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.pngOn September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[23] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[24] Clyburn voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[25]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[26] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Clyburn voted for HR 2775.[27]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png Clyburn voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[28] The vote largely followed party lines.[29]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Nay3.png Clyburn has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[30]

Campaign contributions

James Clyburn

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Clyburn's reports.[31]

James Clyburn (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[32]April 15, 2013$1,233,310.01$299,127.54$(362,040.61)$1,170,396.94
July Quarterly[33]July 15, 2013$1,170,396.94$315,175.67$(274,116.43)$1,211,456.18
October Quarterly[34]October 15, 2013$1,211,456.18$237,088.93$(317,729.06)$1,130,816.05
Year-End[35]January 31, 2014$1,130,816$199,788$(155,518)$1,165,085
April Quarterly[36]April 14, 2014$1,165,085.41$196,022.73$(92,446.26)$1,268,661.88
Running totals
$1,247,202.87$(1,201,850.36)

District history

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2012

The 6th Congressional District of South Carolina held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent James Clyburn won re-election in the district.[37]

U.S. House, South Carolina District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames Clyburn Incumbent 93.6% 218,717
     Green Nammu Y Muhammad 5.5% 12,920
     N/A Write-In 0.8% 1,978
Total Votes 233,615
Source: South Carolina State Election Commission "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, James E. Clyburn won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Jim Pratt (R) and Nammu Y. Muhammad (G) in the general election.[38]

U.S. House, South Carolina District 6 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames E. Clyburn incumbent 62.9% 125,459
     Republican Jim Pratt 36.4% 72,661
     Green Nammu Y. Muhammad 0.7% 1,389
Total Votes 199,509

See also

External links

References

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  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 21, 2014
  3. Roll Call, "2014 Election Race Ratings," accessed June 24, 2014
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  8. South Carolina Redistricting Map, "MaM"
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